Lindblad Expeditions becomes carbon neutral

Expedition travel company Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it will be a carbon neutral company from 2019. The company has declared that it will offset 100% of emissions from its ships, all land-based operations, employee travel, offices in New York and Seattle as well as additional emission contributors.

According to Lindblad Expeditions CEO and Founder, Sven Lindblad, the company releases approximately 50,000 metric tonnes of carbon every year – a harrowing figure given the acutely destructive effect carbon has on the environment. Lindblad Expeditions’ new portfolio of six carbon project investments include renewable energy (solar and wind), reforestation and community-based projects. These were decided on in collaboration with South Pole, a leading developer of international reduction projects.

The commitment to carbon neutrality follows the company’s other sustainability initiatives that include eliminating guest-facing single-use plastics fleetwide in 2018, as well as a sustainable seafood program. Additionally, the travel company is building new ships with reduced emissions and increased efficiency.

“As a company, recognising that global climate change is arguably the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, we all need to urgently step up our efforts whether big or small,” said Sven Lindblad. “Our goal is to reduce and offset our carbon footprint, and to commit to carbon neutrality throughout the many layers of our business. It has become increasingly more apparent that we, human beings, and our planet which sustains us are out of balance. Climate change and its resulting impacts on global biodiversity and human health and livelihoods has provided a clarion call and awakening. The message is clear; we must rebalance and rebalance urgently.”

This news from Lindblad Expeditions is an encouraging step in the right direction for the travel industry. There’s no doubt that travel and tourism have tangible effects on the environment, and hopefully more and more companies move towards more sustainable practices.

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